The Fairies Are Exquisite Dancers
This week Dr. Tobin discusses this supernatural Prelude from Book II. He shows the illustration which inspired it, Arthur Rackham’s illustration of the Fairies from “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” by J.M Barrie, which we have in the collection of Adams Music House! Dr. Tobin avoids being too technical for too long, and concludes this…
Beethoven’s Für Elise
This Monday Dr. Tobin is at Adam’s Music House and discusses how he teaches and plays this favorite piece of Ludwig van Beethoven!
This week Dr. Tobin discusses Claude Debussy’s Book I Prelude Engulfed or “Sunken Cathedral”. It is based on the legend of the sunken town of Y off the Breton French Coast. Dr. Tobin discusses how Debussy paints the image of a sunken cathedral that rises from the depths of the sea. After the discussion, he…
Bach Prelude in C Major
Today Dr. Tobin is starting a new Monday series of rotating composers and pieces. Bach’s first Prelude from the Well Tempered Clavier is a great piece for students, for church offertories, for recitals, for weddings, and for fun! In this video Dr. Tobin approaches how to learn and interpret this piece, which was not originally…
This week Dr. Tobin is taking a suggestion from Jason Hoogerhyde, Professor of Composition at Southwestern University, to discuss the Book II Prelude Broulliards. Dr. Tobin did a thesis which explored abstract pitch relationships in Debussy Preludes. This week the material is rather abstract, but he tries to keep it understandable. Debussy uses abstraction to…